Launched yesterday by health minister Ivan Lewis, the UK Vision Strategy is an unprecedented collaborative effort in the sight sector.
Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB, which led the strategy's steering committee, said: "As a sector, we made it hard in the past for the Government to work with us. We contradicted each other and duplicated some of the work. Now we have a set of agreed principles and a country-wide strategy.
"It's hard work working collaboratively, but we all had to set aside our individual agendas."